BOTOX®/ Dysport neurotoxin treatment helps control the symptoms of severe underarm sweating when topical medicines do not work well enough. It accomplishes this by temporarily blocking the chemical signals from the nerves that stimulate the sweat glands. When the sweat glands don’t receive chemical signals, the severe sweating stops. BOTOX® / Dysport injections are expected to temporarily stop the production of excessive sweat in the treated areas only. Sweat continues to be produced elsewhere.
What is the treatment like?
The actual treatment takes about 10 to 15 minutes. A small amount of BOTOX solution is injected into the affected underarm area through a very fine needle. The needle is placed just under the skin, so you may experience some injection-related discomfort. The most common side effects following injection include injection-site pain and bleeding, non-underarm sweating, infection, sore throat, flu, headache, fever, neck or back pain, itching and anxiety. You’ll receive about 15 injections during the session. Bear in mind that BOTOX treatment is not appropriate for all sufferers.
How long does a BOTOX/ Dysport treatment last?
In a clinical study, the median duration of response in BOTOX patients was 201 days or 6.7 months. (This means that half the patients had treatment duration of at least 201 days or 6.7 months.) BOTOX injections are not a cure—your symptoms will gradually return and you will know when the time is right for another treatment. We will recommend a treatment strategy to ensure that you receive the best possible results with BOTOX treatment.
How many units are required?
Depending upon the severity of condition each axilla requires from 50 to 200 units.
What happens after treatment?
You should notice a significant reduction in underarm sweating within 4 weeks of your first treatment. Once the treatment becomes effective, you may be able to stop using dress shields and carrying extra changes of clothing and you can probably use a regular deodorant instead of a prescription antiperspirant. There is a possibility that some sweat glands may be missed, and you may continue to experience some sweating from the untreated areas.